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  • Title: Jack Adelbert Killalee papers
    Date (inclusive): 1927-1958
    Collection Number: 2014C36
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 4 manuscript boxes (1.6 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, diaries, memoranda, reports, notes, personal documents, and photographs, relating to American technical assistance to Turkey and to highway construction in Turkey, Lebanon, and elsewhere.
    Creator: Killalee, Jack Adelbert, 1899-1957
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives.


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2014.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jack Adelbert Killalee papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives

    Biographical note

    1899 Born, San Francisco, California
    1917-1919 U.S. Army service
    1925 B.S., University of California, Berkeley
    1925-1955 Highway engineer, U.S. Bureau of Public Roads
    1943 Alcan (Alaska-Canada) Highway construction engineer
    1947-1950 Assistant division engineer, U.S. Public Roads Administration Group, Turkey
    1955-1957 Consulting engineer, Tippetts-Abbett-McCarthy-Stratton Company, Lebanon
    1957 Died, Burlingame, California

    Scope and Contents note

    The career of Jack A. Killalee as a United States government highway engineer was notable for its international dimension. After many years of activity in planning and constructing highways in the United States, he took part in an early Marshall Plan project to build highways in Turkey from 1947 to 1950. This was an instance of the far-flung work of the U.S. Economic Cooperation Administration in aiding in post-World War II reconstruction and development in many countries. After retiring from the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads in 1955, Killalee returned to the Middle East as a consulting engineer with the Tippetts-Abbett-McCarthy-Stratton Company, which was employed under a U.S. Foreign Operations Administration contract to plan and build a highway from Beirut, Lebanon, to Damascus, Syria. He was also involved with proposals for further highway construction in Jordan.
    While the collection is small, it provides representative documentation of American international assistance and of the practicalities of life for Americans engaged in such assistance abroad. Many photographs of highway work are incorporated in textual reports in the collection.
    Killalee maintained a permanent residence in Burlingame, California, and his papers were deposited with the Burlingame Historical Society after his death. The Hoover Institution received those of his papers focusing on his international work from the Burlingame Historical Society in 2014. Other Killalee papers remain with the society.

    Related Materials

    Jack A. Killalee papers, Burlingame Historical Society, Burlingame, California

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Highway engineering
    Technical assistance, American
    Roads -- Turkey
    Roads -- Lebanon
    United States. Bureau of Public Roads